Hobomock Elementary School
May 14, 2021
A beautiful spring day at Hobomock!
A Message From the Principal
It has been an exciting week here at Hobomock as we started the week welcoming our future kindergarten students in for screenings! We also started MCAS this week with grades 3,4 and 5. We encourage all students to try their best on the assessment; however, they should not become stressed about taking it since we are only trying to determine what gaps may exist in the curriculum as a result of the segmented year. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions that you may have.
Updated MCAS Dates for all students that participate in in-person learning.
Hobomock Elementary Dates:
Hobomock Testing Dates
Update for students in Fully Remote Classrooms (Grades 3-6) and MCAS administration:
Schools will be able to offer remote administration of the MCAS to our cohort D students to accommodate families who chose to have their children learn remotely through the end of the year. Our cohort D teachers will be in touch with you regarding testing days since the testing will correspond with the grade testing schedule in the school that they are assigned. A complete schedule of MCAS can also be found on the district calendar.
Monday, May 17- Kindergarten Screening
Wednesday, May 19- Picture Retakes!
Wednesday, May 19- Kindergarten Orientation and Q&A @ 6:30 PM. This meeting is intended for caretakers of incoming kindergarteners.
Meeting Code: meet.google.com/kcu-ajmm-chm
Important information for 6th grade families
In case you were unable to attend the virtual orientation night at PCMS, below are some links to the parent presentation, the PowerSchool Portal for 7th-grade course selection, and the PCMS program of studies where you can learn more about each course. If you have any questions, please contact PCMS directly.
Parent Presentation: Parent Night: Transitioning to the Middle School 2021
Course registration tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdreSbJRatE
PCMS Program of Studies: PCMS Program of Studies 2021-2022
Project 351-Cradle to Crayons
Maisie Robinson, the PCMS 8th grade Project 351 representative, is running a Cradles to Crayons fundraiser starting next week. Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that helps children in low-income or homeless situations in Massachusetts. Children supported by this organization can fill out sheets to indicate their requests and Cradles to Crayons will go through their supply and send them clothes that will make them feel comfortable and confident.
WHEN: May 10th-21st
WHERE: Occurring at North Pembroke, Hobomock, Bryantville, PCMS, and PHS
The drop of bins can be found in the lobbies of the schools
Clothes must be newborn to child's large in size
Must be new or like new
Socks and pajamas must be new
Maisie has amassed a team of PCMS volunteers to help with this fundraiser. Thank you for any and all support!
IMPORTANT HEALTH REMINDER
Parents/Guardians of any student who is symptomatic or who has been identified as a close contact from any setting: school, sports, family, or community exposure, MUST speak to the school nurse and provide proper documentation PRIOR to the student returning to school.
Without the school nurse's clearance, your student must remain out of school.
If your physician chooses to run both a rapid antigen test and a PCR test, your student must remain in quarantine until the PCR test confirms a negative result.
If your child has covid symptoms, please do not send your child to school and reach out to your school nurse for guidance on the next steps.
Hobomock Elementary continues to offer breakfast options for all students. Please try to get your child to school at 8:05 so that they have enough time to eat and get to class. Now that we are opening our doors to more students, it will be more important than ever to have students eat breakfast as soon as they arrive at 8:05 AM.
Masks are still required for students and staff even though the CDC provided new guidance yesterday. The district continues to take direction from the Massachusetts Department of Education as well as our local board of health when adapting our procedures around Covid-19.
Please remember to send in an extra mask with your son or daughter so that they have a back-up if needed. This will be especially useful as students transition back to four days and eventually five days of in-person learning. We do have a supply of disposable masks for students; however, we find that most students are most comfortable with masks that they bring in from home.
Massachusetts travelers traveling within the United States are urged to quarantine or test but are no longer required.
Required documentation after a student travels outside of the United States:
If you travel outside the country, your child must either :
Quarantine for a full 10 days after returning OR
Receive a negative COVID-19 PCR (molecular) test and submit the results to the school nurse before returning. (A quick antigen test is not acceptable for returning). For students under the age of ten years old, proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR (molecular) test from any parent(s) that the student traveled with can be used to admit a child back to school in place of a student Covid 19 test as long as the child is fever and symptom-free.
Please visit the Mass.gov website for additional information including special travel scenarios (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory). Please send all testing documentation to your school nurse before returning to school. A list of testing locations can be found on the Mass.gov testing website.
We appreciate your cooperation as our focus continues to be on maintaining a safe learning environment in our schools for students and staff.
Absence Phone Line/Email System
If your son or daughter will need to be absent from school, you may call 781-294-2003 and leave a detailed message with your child’s name, the reason for the absence as well as any symptoms that your child is displaying. If your child will be absent due to an appointment, please mention this when you leave your message.
If you end up emailing the teacher directly, please be sure to include nurse DePaul on the email since teachers are usually busy with instruction and often don’t see the parent emails until later in the day. Nurse DePaul’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org